Russian hackers targeted U.S. Senate, think tanks: Microsoft

Microsoft Corp charged that hackers linked to Russia’s government sought to launch cyber attacks on the U.S. Senate and conservative American think tanks.

The world’s biggest software company alleged that Moscow is broadening attacks ahead of November’s US congressional elections. It said yesterday that it last week took control of six web domains that hackers had created to mimic sites belonging to the Senate and the think tanks. The company said it has shut down 84 fake websites in 12 court-approved actions over the past two years.

The Kremlin rejected the Microsoft allegations and said there was no evidence to support them. Moscow has repeatedly dismissed allegations that it has used hackers to influence U.S. elections and political opinion.

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